This May there will be a special Memorial Day ceremony celebrating the 10th Anniversary of a site that means a great deal to many local veterans.

On Monday, May 27, the public is invited to come out to the Carolina Field of Honor to hear patriotic music starting at 10:40 a.m. and then attend a formal ceremony that begins at 11 a.m. and features a very high-profile guest speaker.

The Carolina Field of Honor, which is in Triad Park, is – apart from memorials in Washington, DC – the largest memorial honoring veterans on the East Coast.  More than 4,000 veterans are enshrined in the monument at the memorial that opened in 2014.

The Field of Honor was constructed by the War Memorial Foundation Board, which is planning the ceremony.

The event will feature former NC Governor Pat McCrory who grew up in Guilford County and became governor in 2013, a year before the monument opened.

McCrory spoke at the memorial’s opening in 2014 so it’s fitting that he’s returning and speaking at this anniversary event. Also, under his leadership as governor, North Carolina formed a new Council of State department – the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The May 27 ceremony will feature a lot of other highlights as well, including a color guard, the Navy Band, special music, the laying of the wreath, the playing of Taps –  and other commemorative activities meant to honor all the men and women who have served their country and in some cases lost their lives doing so.

Everyone, of course, is invited.  The ceremony and parking are free, and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

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The 10th Anniversary ceremony will take place rain or shine.